What does elegant mean?

Definitions for elegant
ˈɛl ɪ gəntel·e·gant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elegantadjective

    refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style

    "elegant handwriting"; "an elegant dark suit"; "she was elegant to her fingertips"; "small churches with elegant white spires"; "an elegant mathematical solution--simple and precise and lucid"

  2. elegant, graceful, refinedadjective

    suggesting taste, ease, and wealth

  3. elegantadjective

    displaying effortless beauty and simplicity in movement or execution

    "an elegant dancer"; "an elegant mathematical solution -- simple and precise"

Wiktionary

  1. elegantadjective

    Characterised by or exhibiting elegance.

  2. elegantadjective

    Characterised by minimalism and intuitiveness while preserving exactness and precision.

    an elegant solution

  3. Etymology: From elegant, ultimately from elegans.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ELEGANTadjective

    Etymology: elegans, Latin.

    Trifles themselves are elegant in him. Alexander Pope.

    There may’st thou find some elegant retreat. London.

    Polite with candour, elegant with ease. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elegantadjective

    very choice, and hence, pleasing to good taste; characterized by grace, propriety, and refinement, and the absence of every thing offensive; exciting admiration and approbation by symmetry, completeness, freedom from blemish, and the like; graceful; tasteful and highly attractive; as, elegant manners; elegant style of composition; an elegant speaker; an elegant structure

  2. Elegantadjective

    exercising a nice choice; discriminating beauty or sensitive to beauty; as, elegant taste

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Elegant

    el′e-gant, adj. pleasing to good taste: graceful: neat: refined: nice: richly ornamental.—ns. El′egance, El′egancy, the state or quality of being elegant: the beauty of propriety: refinement: that which is elegant; Elegante (el-e-gangt′), a lady of fashion.—adv. El′egantly. [Fr.,—L. elegans, -antise, out, and root of legĕre, to choose.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. elegant

    [common; from mathematical usage] Combining simplicity, power, and a certain ineffable grace of design. Higher praise than ‘clever’, ‘winning’, or even cuspy.The French aviator, adventurer, and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, probably best known for his classic children's book The Little Prince, was also an aircraft designer. He gave us perhaps the best definition of engineering elegance when he said “A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'elegant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4769

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'elegant' in Adjectives Frequency: #660

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of elegant in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of elegant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of elegant in a Sentence

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Empathy is an important prerequisite for good leadership. Leaders should always make every effort to understand the challenges faced by their followers, so that the leader can become an integral part of the elegant solution to the problem - if not, the leader may become part of the problem as an unintended consequence of her/his non-actions. Empathy is a great quality and an excellent asset for Effective People Leadership. Be the Leader with Empathy in your heart!

  2. Delta CEO Ed Bastian:

    The new Delta uniform collection offers unity between all workgroups like never before. We are one proud Delta team and it really shows, zac is bringing fashion and glamour back to the airlines. It’s a sophisticated look, it’s elegant, it’s much more international in orientation. Our aspirations are to be a top global carrier, not just a top U.S. carrier.

  3. William Schaffner:

    Don't wait, some rather elegant studies have shown it is more effective the earlier you take them and you become less infectious to others.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    A sect or party is an elegant incognito devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking.

  5. Mohammed Khalla:

    Some of the graves were decorated with elegant decorations, which indicates they belonged to figures who had a social and administrative status in Roman society at the time.

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